Historical Drift, or: If You Say Something, See Something
Opening Reception, April 3rd, 7-10pm
On view April 3 - April 26
FJORD is pleased to present Historical Drift, or: If You Say Something, See Something, a solo exhibition of work by Tony Garbarini.
Historical Drift, or: If You Say Something, See Something is a playful exploitation of American fear and contentment. Thumbing the cliff notes of history in search of lost ideals and complicit behavior, finding comfort and complacency within. Taking stage in a satirical display of black and white morals, the work, utilizing an educational and theatrical aesthetic, offers dramatic solutions to imaginary problems, allowing violence and vice to shelter us from the complexity and uncertainty of reality. The problem has become beautiful, but the solution has turned ugly. There are no more characters, only caricatures. There is no story, only it’s bare bones: conflict and resolution, and it is in this liminal space that these sculptural gestures exist.
Tony Garbarini lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. He received his BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, and he has exhibited nationally and internationally. Schooled as a printmaker, Tony’s work comes from a long lineage of social satire and democratic exercises, serving as a foundation for his illustrative sculptures. Projecting a joyful disillusionment with life, his studio practice relies on a diverse use of material and process; making the work complicated, anxious, and fundamentally human.